Published on 6th March 2013

Children sitting around a table in sunhats concentrating intently on their craft activities

Cheltenham Borough Council‘s play and sport development teams are back this Easter to run an action packed programme full of play schemes, sports activities and more!

The Play Zone holiday play scheme is back this Easter, at Balcarras Sports Centre. Children can enjoy a number of fun and exciting activities including arts and crafts, toys, Wii and Xbox Kinect games. The scheme will also run at Rowanfield Infant School, however places cannot be booked for this scheme, as it is operated on a first come first served basis.

The sports development team are working in partnership with local sports clubs to provide a vast array of fun sports activities, including coaching workshops in table tennis, archery, street dance, Futsal, indoor cricket, Kung Fu and water polo. The popular Montpellier Tennis Programme will also be taking place offering young people from 5 – 16 years old the opportunity to take part in an action packed 3 day tennis course. New for 2013 is Games Day which will be held at leisure@ on 5 April. Young people can compete in many different events from indoor athletics and basketball to football and kwik-cricket on this action packed day.

The play rangers will also be visiting local parks once again this Easter. They will be providing children with different activities to get involved with ranging from arts and crafts, and sports equipment. Sessions are free of charge and will run from 10.30am - 3.30pm in various locations. The sports development team will be delivering drop in Street Games sport activities in locations throughout the borough. These sessions will be free and aimed at 11 to 18 years old.

Tom Sparks, sports development officer, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer such a varied and exciting Easter holiday programme for 2013. With lots of activities to choose from, we hope children will be kept active and entertained throughout the holidays. We encourage parents to book early as spaces are starting to fill up already.”

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture, added: “It's important that we provide activities for young people during school holidays to keep them entertained and give them the opportunity to stay fit and healthy.”

The Easter booking line is 01242 774703, it is open weekdays between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Full details of the Easter holiday scheme can be found on our website.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email [email protected].